Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy has been spotted in Football Daily’s video to be absent from training the day before the Blues take on RB Salzburg in the Champions League.
The Senegal international has certainly been far from his best this season, especially considering the heights he hit particularly in Chelsea’s successful European campaign in 2021.
He was notably at fault for the beginning of the capitulation at Elland Road, where he was tackled near enough on his own line to concede the opener of what turned out to be a 3-0 loss.
Things could have begun to get even worse for Mendy if VAR wasn’t on his side against West Ham United, where another mistake late in the day was eventually bailed out by a contentious officiating decision.
It is so far unclear if he will be available for tomorrow’s Champions League fixture with Salzburg, with the game taking far more importance than they would have originally hoped.
Mendy absent from training
The Blues lost their opening game of the competition last week in embarrassing circumstances, with Dinamo Zagreb not looking too troubled for their 1-0 win.
With Salzburg and AC Milan drawing in their group opener though, the opportunity remains for them to return to the top two of the group if results go their way tomorrow.
The game will be Graham Potter’s first in charge, with many calling for a return to Kepa Arrizabalaga due to his impressive performance despite defeat last week.
With Potter’s playstyle lending to building from the back, it could hand Kepa a Chelsea lifeline due to Mendy’s weakness with the ball at his feet.
There has been speculation that Todd Boehly may back the new manager with a new option in goal, with him perhaps looking close to home with Robert Sanchez as an example of a goalkeeper who can start attacks from the back.
However, the club should ensure they don’t forget about Gabriel Slonina, who is currently thriving on loan in the MLS.